We are very privileged to have John Armstrong
back at Hearth Support Services today to conduct Lead Support Worker team training
on Social Role Valorisation and its importance when planning and implementing
Jonathan Dago, one of the Lead Support Workers
said, “Everyone seemed inspired and energised at the end of the session”. The
role of the support worker, working one to one in the home and community can be
isolating at times, so it is important to bring the teams together not only for
continuous professional development, but also importantly to connect and share.
Madi Braim, the East Malvern Hearth Support Services
General Manager coordinated the professional development event and also found
it to be a valuable way to “check in” with her team.
John was introduced to Social Role Valorisation in the early 80’s,
and went on to train and receive recognition as a Senior SRV Trainer with Dr
Wolfensberger and the Training Institute in Syracuse NY.
Since 1991 John has worked as a self-employed consultant across
Australia and New Zealand conducting training, consultancy and evaluation. John
is accredited by both the North American Council for SRV and the Australia and
New Zealand SRV Group (ANZSG).
John focuses on uplifting individuals or groups
who are at risk of devaluation or have already been devalued. He works to
valorise their social situations at every level of society. In short, John
discusses devaluation in the context of disability, resulting from systemic
Ideally, an integrated system of financial,
emotional, physical and social support will facilitate a Participant’s needs.
However, acquiring these resources is not always possible, or realistic (i.e.
financial) and John highlights the opportunities in revising current networks
of support. For instance, it is important personal values are employed and not
imposed upon Participants.
For more information about Johns approach to
crafting a valued role and get “the good things in life” please click on the link
To read more about John’s thoughts on “The
Application of Social Role Valorization in Supporting People with an
Intellectual Disability” please visit; https://socialrolevalorization.com/resources/articles/
In the early 1980s “Dr. Wolfensberger came up with a new idea
Social Role Valorisation, or SRV. SRV was defined as “the enablement,
establishment, enhancement, maintenance, and/or defence of valued social roles
for people–particularly for people at value-risk–by using, as much as
possible, culturally valued means.”
The importance of culturally valued means maintained the
connection to normalization, and social roles were posited to be the key
determinant of whether people would likely be accorded the good things or the
bad things of life.
In other words, people who hold valued social roles, and are seen
by others to hold valued roles, are more likely to enjoy normative settings,
activities, and routines, to be respected by others, to have positive relationships
with others, etc.–all good things of life. But people who are seen to hold
social roles that are devalued are more likely to get settings, activities, and
so forth that valued people in society would not want, to be kept apart rather
than welcomed into societal participation, to be subjected to non-normalizing
Thus, the key to procuring normative and even valued conditions of
life for people is to try to procure for them valued social roles, and to help
them to carry out such roles.
The two main avenues for achieving and maintaining positively
valued social roles are personal competency enhancement, because many valued
roles require certain competencies; and positive social image, because imagery
both shapes and reflects a person’s social roles, and conveys to observers what
social roles a perceived party holds.” (Source; https://wolfwolfensberger.com/life-s-work/social-role-valorisation )
Dr. Wolfersberger wrote a 100+ page monograph on SRV that came out
in three editions over a decade, entitled A Brief Introduction to Social Role Valorisation
as A High-Order Concept for Structuring Human Services, with a fourth edition
published after his death.
To read more about Dr Wolfensberger and SRV
please visit; https://wolfwolfensberger.com/life-s-work/social-role-valorisation